Reported armed disturbance ends in arrest


A reported armed disturbance witnessed by an off-duty police officer Friday ended with the arrest of a man who allegedly threatened a store clerk.

Mark Cooper, 34, reportedly got a handgun from his car and held it at his side while making threats, Deputy Prosecutor Maxie Kizer said during a court hearing for Cooper on Monday.

Detective Jeremy Funderburg reported that the incident took place at Looking Good, 300 S. Main St., just after 5 p.m. Friday.

The off-duty officer, who was not named in the report, told other officers that there had been a verbal altercation between Cooper and the clerk and Cooper allegedly went to his car, got the gun, and made threats before leaving.

Kizer said officers responding to the call stopped Cooper’s vehicle and found a .9-millimeter handgun in the console and Cooper reportedly said he did not have a permit for the gun.

The clerk reportedly told officers that Cooper had threatened to kill him.

Jefferson County District Judge Kim Bridgforth set a $25,000 bond for Cooper after ruling prosecutors had probable cause to charge him with first-degree terroristic threatening.

Bridgforth also ordered Cooper to have no contact with the clerk until the case is settled, and told him to come back to court Dec. 10. Cooper said he would hire his own attorney.